How To Recover Deleted Photos and Music in Mac OS X

Hundreds - even thousands - of photos and songs are stored on our devices these days. Which is great, until something goes wrong. Whatever the cause of your lost data, Disk Drill can help recover your deleted pictures on your Mac and recover your deleted music on your Mac.

Formatting your camera or MP3 player is easy - sometimes too easy. Far too often music or photos are completely obliterated by one mistaken command. Constantly being revisited and resynchronized, your music and pictures are very prone to human or technical failure.

The wide range of supported file systems and scanning techniques makes Disk Drill the ideal software to recover deleted pictures on the Mac, such as JPG, TIFF, and even RAW camera files like NEF and CR2. It doesn't matter if those files were deleted from your Mac or from an external device. Disk Drill can recover deleted music on your Mac too: MP3, WMA, WAV, and more.

Note: This article is designed to give you a brief overview. For detailed tutorials, see How to Install Disk Drill and How to Recover Lost Files with Disk Drill Basic in our Knowledgebase.

#1 Install Disk Drill on Mac OS X

Download Disk Drill photo recovery software for Mac OS X from the CleverFiles website. You can install Disk Drill by dragging the DMG contents to the Applications folder on your Mac. Optionally, drag the application to the Dock to recover deleted pictures and music at any time.

#2 Select the Drive to Recover Deleted Pictures or Music

Select the volume that originally contained the music or lost photos for recovery. If you're looking to recover deleted pictures or music from an external device, like a camera or MP3 player, connect it to your Mac first via USB or a memory card adapter. If Disk Drill is able to detect the drive or memory card, it'll be able to scan it for the deleted photos or deleted music, even if that drive has been corrupted.

#3 Quick Scan for HFS+, FAT and NTFS Drives

If the storage device employs an HFS+, FAT, FAT32, or NTFS file system, which is often the case, you can use Quick Scan to scan it to recover deleted photos on your Mac in mere minutes. Disk Drill photo and music recovery software will use the deletion logs inherent to FAT and NTFS to quickly determine which files might still be saved.

#4 Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Protection: Best Recovery Tools

Disk Drill offers two data protections features: Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery. Enabling them offers a score of advantages, including improved scanning speed and reliability, for easy picture and music recovery on your Mac. Whenever your camera or MP3 player is connected to your computer, Disk Drill will be able to keep track of which files are deleted. It's a lightweight solution to protect your files and ensure you can recover deleted music on your Mac, and photo files as well. Recovery Vault can be used on all HFS/HFS+ and FAT/FAT32 systems, and Guaranteed Recovery can be used on HFS/HFS+ systems only.

#5 Deep Scan For Complete Recovery of Deleted Pictures and Music

Even if your drive has an unknown or corrupt file system, or if the memory card was reformatted entirely, Disk Drill's recovery software will try to recover your music and photos using Deep Scan. This technique scours your storage for any hidden bits and bytes. It's very slow, increasingly so for large storage devices, but it leaves no stone unturned. Your files will not retain filename and original location, but if there is anything left to be salvaged, a Deep Scan will find it and ensure the best deleted picture recovery for Mac and the best music recovery for Mac.

#6 Filter, Preview and Recover the Deleted Photos and Music

Deep Scan results will be ordered by file type and extension. Even though your filenames are lost, it shouldn't be hard to single out the MP3 files or photos you lost. Scan results can be filtered by file type using the drop down menu in the top left corner. Select your lost photo and click "Recover." As simply as that, you can recover deleted pictures on your Mac, as well as deleted music files too.

If you need to recover deleted files on Windows, get Disk Drill for Windows instead.

As a result, if you accidentally delete a file, empty the Trash Can when you didn't mean to, or even run into a hardware issue, chances are very good that Disk Drill will be able to find the file using Quick or universal Scan. - Steven Sande